Arizona State placed 10th in the final U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings, tying the school's second-highest finish since the current points format was adopted in 1994.
With 1,005 total points, ASU was one of five Pac-10 schools in the top 10. Stanford, which won its 13th straight Cup title, had 1,429 points. Second-place UCLA had 1,257; fifth-place Southern California had 1,103.5; and ninth-place California had 1,030.
ASU's highest Directors' Cup finish was ninth in 2001, and it was 10th in 1994 and 2003. The point total is the school's highest since at least 1998.
Athletic director Lisa Love was in a department staff retreat on campus Wednesday afternoon and unavailable for comment. Under the terms of a five-year contract she signed in 2005, Love receives a bonus of two weeks' base salary ($10,769) for the top-10 placement.
Bouyed by a national championship in women's track and College World Series appearances by the baseball and softball teams, ASU jumped seven spots from the previous standings, released on June 12.
Arizona was 24th, with 703.33 points. Northern Arizona (93.5 points) was 158th out of 298 schools.
U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings
1. Stanford 1,429
2. UCLA 1,257
3. North Carolina 1,161.33
4. Michigan 1,135.25
5. Southern California 1,103.50
6. Florida 1,064.25
7. Tennessee 1,045.75
8. Texas 1,037.25
9. California 1,030.00
10. Arizona State 1,005